The Bay Area’s largest halal food organization has teamed up with 10 restaurants and food vendors to increase awareness of these businesses during this challenging economic time.
Black Muslim Food Week, which runs from this Thursday, Feb. 25, through Monday, March 1, will offer three days of culinary deals from Oakland to San Francisco to San Jose bookended by two days of fasting and community discussion.
“Combining Black History Month, great food and supporting organizations doing good works in our communities, Black Muslim Food Week will be a way to harness the positive impact of our collective foodie community,” said coordinators Abbas Mohamed, founder of the sponsoring Bay Area Halal Foodies, and Jabir Faqir, of Ansar Partners, in their project announcement.
Mohamed said the event will begin with a “fasting and learning” day Feb. 25 as the Muslim Power Building Project hosts a livestream discussion on “What It Means to Build Community: A Conversation on Anti-Racism, Organizing and Food.” And it will culminate March 1 in a day of community fasting and fundraising for the East Oakland Collective, an organization working to feed, shelter and empower shelter Oakland’s seniors, the unhoused, the immuno-compromised and other residents.
For the Feb. 26-28 deals, participating Black Muslim-owned restaurants include Grandeur, Dis Dat Gumbo, The Damel, The Good Life and Haqq-Chocolate Desserts, all in Oakland; Urban Spices of Emeryville; Jubba Somali and Ra’oof’s Bean Pies, both in San Jose; My Good Pie of San Francisco; and Papa’s Bean Pies, serving the Bay Area.
Diners should mention the Black Muslim Food Week when ordering. The full schedule of daily offers is posted on the BAHF Facebook page.
Three of the restaurants — Grandeur, The Damel and Jubba — are operating with their regular hours. The Good Life Market at 5859 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, will offer extended hours with a full menu Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. and desserts and drinks Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Other chefs will cook at pop-up locations for this event:
— My Good Pie will be at 300 De Haro St, San Francisco, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. www.mygoodpie.com
— Urban Spices will be at 1607 63rd St, Emeryville, from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
— Dis Dat Gumbo will be at the Lighthouse Mosque, 620 42nd St, Oakland, from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturday. Order at www.disdatgumbo.com or through Instagram.
— Haqq-Chocolate Desserts will also cook at the Lighthouse Mosque, 620 42nd St., Oakland. Order via phone (510-282-2587) or Instagram by Friday for pickup from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
— Papa’s Bean Pies may be preordered for pickup at My Good Pie (S.F.) or Urban Spices (Emeryville) or order online for free delivery. www.papasbeanpies.com/black-muslim-food-week
— Ra’oof’s Bean Pies will be sold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the EvergreenFarmers Market, 4055 Evergreen Village Square, San Jose. https://raoofsbeanpie.co